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Delaware Healthcare Facilities Association
It is our pleasure to share with you that Dr. David Simpson — Medical Director of the Kutz Home and of the Swank Memory Care Center — has been honored by the Delaware Healthcare Facilities Association as Delaware's Medical Director of the Year.
Knowing the dedication with which Dr. Simpson approaches all aspects of patient care, it is no surprise to see his excellence acknowledged in this way. Dr. Simpson will be honored at the "All Star Awards" Event to be held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino on 05/11/2016. Please join us in congratulating him on this well-deserved recognition of his excellence!
Dr. Simpson is a long-standing faculty member of the Department of Family & Community Medicine. He is a board-certified geriatrician and Assistant Professor of Family Medicine at Jefferson Medical College. He has received numerous honors and awards for his exceptional care of Delawareans. We are proud of his dedication and service to our community.
Do you know that Sustainable Growth Rate was eliminated in April 2015 and will be replaced by Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015? By the end of 2016, 85 percent of all traditional fee-for-service Medicare payments will be tied to quality and value.
Join HealthVisions Delmarva and let us help you set a clear course toward better patient outcomes and position your practice to thrive in value-based care. You will learn about the resources being provided by the Practice Transformation Network that is being made available to you at no cost and help you make this transition from volume to value.
Dr. Barbara Connors, CMO Region III from CMS will be present to provide insights on MACRA.
When: May 10, 2016 (Tuesday) 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Where: John Ammon Education Center, Christiana Care
Hospital Campus- Main Auditorium
Light refreshments will be provided.
Please see the HealthVisions Delmarva flyer and registration form to RSVP for this event.
Contact Gail Tanchanco at 302-310-8081 with any questions.
Medical Society of Delaware and Delaware HIV Consortium
There is a once-a-day pill that may help us eliminate HIV/AIDS. It's called PrEP. Come learn about PrEP from leading national and local experts at this first of its kind conference in Delaware.
Target Audience for this activity is: physicians, physician assistants, nurses, specialists, social work professions, public health professions, pharmacists, community health workers, and other healthcare providers.
After participation in this educational activity, learners will be able to:
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- Discuss treatment efficacy through clinical studies
- Summarize appropriate treatment protocols
- Discuss real world issues related to prescribing this therapy
Immunization Action Coalition, with sponsorship from Pfizer
This workshop will help you implement and improve the use of standing orders in your practice.
Practices will have access to follow-up support for Standing Order implementation from IAC for one year after the workshop.
It's recommended that clinicians, nurses and clinic managers in medical practices that serve adults attend.
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University and University of Delaware
Monday-Friday, June 20-24
The Bay Center and Cove at the Hyatt Place
Dewey Beach, DE
Look for sessions on:
- Diabetes Management 2016
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Atrial Fibrillation
- Cancer, Screening, Prevention and Care
- Women's Health
- G.I. Update
- Psychopharmacology Update
For more information, please click here or email Lynn Fishlock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Delmarva Daily Times
Delaware has a $1 billion time bomb strapped to its back. It's called Type 2 diabetes.
Today, one in three Delawareans has higher-than-normal blood sugar levels because they can't efficiently produce and use insulin. Left unchecked, prediabetes and full-blown Type 2 diabetes can disrupt every organ system in the body, leading to blindness, amputated limbs, heart disease, stroke and kidney failure.
Pain Medicine News
The Drug Enforcement Administration employs hundreds of Diversion Investigators to monitor compliance with the Controlled Substances Act. Principal methods for maintaining compliance and determining noncompliance are "inspections" or "audits," which the DEA has the authority to conduct without a criminal warrant, as established by federal law outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations.
As DEA compliance is all too often left as an afterthought even when there are agents standing at the door ready to perform an inspection, this guide will examine the types of inspections and a physician's rights in each situation.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Workers who are exposed on the job to mosquitoes or the blood or other body fluids
of infected individuals may be at risk for occupationally acquired Zika virus infection.
This interim guidance provides employers and workers with information and
guidance on preventing occupational exposure to the Zika virus. The guidance may
be updated as additional information becomes available.
After years of struggle, primary care physicians may be seeing glimmers of hope in their financial outlook.
It's not that PCPs have struck any gushers of new-found wealth. It's just that, for many, their financial situation no longer seems to be getting worse, according to the latest Medical Economics Physician Report, featuring replies from 2,065 physicians.
By Joan Spitrey
In an effort to bring attention to the undertreatment of pain in America, Dr. James Campbell, president of the American Pain Society, encouraged healthcare providers to treat pain as seriously as they do vital signs. From Campbell's speech in 1996, the concept of pain as the "fifth vital sign" was born. Although clearly not the original intention, this new idea of pain treatment has driven the current complex pain management state of overuse and abuse. But that was just the start.
Maintaining compliance with the rules and regulations that apply to medical practices can be a tall order, especially for small practices with limited resources. One way to meet this challenge is to use a step-by-step methodology, such as with Occupational Safety and Health Administration compliance.
OSHA requires compliance with an exhaustive set of worker safety standards. The size and scope of the guidelines can be overwhelming, particularly for smaller practices. OSHA rules apply to every aspect of the healthcare workplace and cover issues ranging from preventing blood- borne pathogens exposure to ensuring an ergonomically correct environment.
Thanks to the technical aspects of medicine, physicians know how to analyze and think in a scientific way. At their best, they listen to the body and figure out what it’s saying about the road to repair, restoration and relief.
But even the most brilliant physicians often lack the capacity to see inside their own heads or view themselves as others see them. They may neglect or fail to notice the obvious: Burnout, violation of boundaries, depression, anger, substance abuse. Or they may understand they’re in trouble, but fear letting anyone know about their struggles.
One of the most critical things healthcare workers can do to prevent the spread of infection also seems to be one of the simplest: Handwashing.
"Hand hygiene is the most important intervention we can all do to prevent disease and infection," Jacqui Reilly, Ph.D., professor of infection prevention and control at Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland, said via email.
But two recent studies show that hand hygiene is not as simple as it appears to be.
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